The highly-anticipated Kim Possible live action film is heading to Disney Channel next month and as we get ready for the exciting production, we head behind the camera as the movie’s stars reveal the hottest secrets direct from the set of the action-packed adventure. Here are 12 fun facts about the upcoming film:
SADIE STANLEY TACKLED TONS OF AUDITIONS TO WIN THE LEAD ROLE!
It was no quick and easy task to win the iconic lead role of Kim Possible in Disney Channel’s new live-action movie. “I auditioned about eight or nine times in total,” admits American actress Sadie Stanley. Before this, the only role I’d played on television was ‘Giggling Girl Number One’, so it was a huge deal for me. I’m the luckiest girl around to be playing this amazing movie character!”
EXPECT OODLES OF AMAZING ACTION IN THE MOVIE!
“Kim Possible follows the adventures of a high school girl who tries to balances her life at school with saving the world,” explains Sean Giambrone, who plays Ron Stoppable in the movie. “You can expect to see a lot of action in Kim Possible. We worked closely with an amazing stunt team to bring these adventures to life, so you’ll see a lot of grappling action and hand-to-hand combat. You’ll see Kim take down villains that are twice her size! My character isn’t involved in many of the stunts, but I did have to do some wire-work for the movie. On my first day, they had me doing flips on the wires. I’ve never had my feet above my head before, so it was really intense!”
SOME OF THE SCENES WERE SHOT IN REAL HIGH SCHOOLS!
“We had a lot of fun shooting the movie in Canada,” reveals Sadie Stanley. “We shot in a number of different locations around Vancouver, including two real high schools. The schools were super cool! Most of the time, I believe we shot our scenes after the students had finished for the day – but not every time. I remember shooting scenes on a school’s football field when all the kids came out for their break. It was really funny because they started to watch us and cheer. In another school, we shot a lot of interior scenes – but there were no students around. The colour scheme in the school matched the colours from the cartoon, so it was the perfect location.”
THERE’S AN AMAZING ANIMATED ANIMAL IN THE STORY!
“In the movie, Ron Stoppable is best friends with Kim Possible – but he’s also good friends with a mole rat named Rufus,” admits Sean Giambrone. “Want to know a secret? Rufus is completely CGI! There was no mole rat on the set of the movie. During rehearsals, there was a wax statue of Rufus. That helped me figure out his height in each scene, but there was no animal used during the shoot itself. Instead, Rufus was digitally added to the story afterwards. When I saw the movie for the first time, I couldn’t believe how cool Rufus looked. They did such a great job with the character.”
THERE ARE HEAPS OF GROOVY GADGETS IN KIM POSSIBLE!
“Make sure you watch out for all the cool gadgets in the movie,” giggles Sadie Stanley. “Kim Possible has an amazing jet pack, as well as a grappling hook and a holographic communicator. In the Kim Possible cartoon series, her communicator was a watch and a mobile phone – but it’s a necklace in the movie. When Kim taps her necklace, a hologram pops up of her friend, Wade. He’s a tech genius who’s one of her best friends. Wade often gives her information that she uses to help save the world!”
THE CAST DARED ONE OF THE DIRECTORS TO JUMP INTO A GROTTY TANK!
“There weren’t many pranks on the set of Kim Possible, but there was one day when I dared one of the directors to jump into a tank with Sean and me,” admits Sadie Stanley. “In the scene, the tank was filled with murky water and mulch. It was pretty gross! Sean and I had been in the tank for a couple of hours when I decided to make the dare. I didn’t think the director was going to do it, but he jumped in with us as soon as they yelled, ‘Cut!’ We all splashed each other and threw the mulch around. It was really funny.”
SADIE STANLEY SINGS THE MOVIE’S MARVELOUS THEME TUNE!
“Call Me, Beep Me is the name of the cartoon’s theme tune, but we’ve updated it for the movie and I get to sing it,” reveals Sadie Stanley. “It was such a cool opportunity for me. I was really excited because I love singing, but I was also a little nervous because I didn’t want to mess with anything as iconic as the theme song. We’re not taking anything away from the original song; we’re just creating a brand new version. It’s a remix that’s a little more pop and modern. I was super honoured to be involved.”
PREPARE FOR SOME VILE VILLAINS IN THE STORY!
“If you know the cartoon, you’ll know the villains in the movie,” admits Sadie Stanley. “Dr Drakken and Shego are the names of the main villains in our story – and they are amazingly evil! Dr Drakken wants to take over the world, but he would be nothing without Shego. She is the brains and the muscles, so she’s a fantastic, empowering female character. Even though she’s evil, she’s awesome – although Drakken is so much fun to watch, too. Both of the actors who play the evil villains are hilarious.”
THE CAST MEMBERS EACH HAD A TRENDY TRAILER ON SET!
“Everyone in the cast had a trailer behind the scenes where they could go and relax between scenes,” explains Sadie Stanley. “I loved my trailer. I decorated it with fairy lights and I put pictures all over the walls. I had pretty little cactus plants and decorations in there, as well as a chalk board that I could write on. It was super cute! Inside our trailer is where we got ready for the day. That’s where we got dressed in our costumes. That’s where we chilled out if we had a break. At lunch time, everyone in the cast would head into somebody’s trailer to eat lunch together. That was a fun little tradition we had on set.”
SADIE STANLEY TACKLED A TAXING BOOT CAMP BEFORE THE FILM SHOOT!
“About a month before we started to shoot the movie, I started my physical training in Vancouver,” reveals Sadie Stanley. “I worked with stunt doubles and stunt co-ordinators at a special boot camp for the movie, which was really interesting. They taught me fighting skills, including boxing and different styles of martial arts. They also taught me how to use a bo staff, which is a big part of the movie. That was something that took a lot of work to learn. At the boot camp, I practiced being in a harness, too. I had to learn to do all sorts of flips and kicks in the air, which was super fun but completely challenging. I loved it!”
IT WAS VERY MUSICAL WHEN THE CAMERAS STOPPED ROLLING!
“There was a lot of fun and laughter on the set of Kim Possible,” remembers Sadie Stanley. “In between takes, we would have impromptu singing performances and we would make stupid jokes. We would also dare each other to do things. We sang a lot of Ariana Grande and Shakira on the set. We also sang a lot of Let It Go from Frozen, too! Every second of every day was so much fun.”
KIM POSSIBLE HAS AN ALL-NEW MISSION OUTFIT IN THE LIVE-ACTION MOVIE!
“We’ve updated Kim Possible’s mission outfit for the movie,” explains Sadie Stanley. “The costume is a little more modern and it’s a little more practical than the outfit Kim wears in the cartoon series. I was very excited to be a part of the change. I think it looks awesome! In the early stages, I got to see sketches of what we wanted the costume to look like. I got to try on various outfits as the design evolved, and I was able to add my input. It’s based on the cartoon mission outfit, but I think it looks great in the finished film.”
Catch the Kim Possible movie on 3 May at 16h00 only on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303).
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